Prayer For Good and Genuine Fellowship
15 Best Closing Prayers for Worship
A closing prayer is a great way to bring about closure to a church service or meeting. Asking the Lord for a continued blessing and protection is just one way to proceeding forward with your day. Here is a look at some great closing prayers for worship.
This is your day and we shall praise you! This is your day and we shall declare your name! This is your day, and we shall worship
a risen Saviour and our King!
We meet as family in the presence of our heavenly Father. We meet as brothers and sisters in Christ, accepting the responsibility this places upon us – to love one another as you have loved us. We meet as your lights in this dark world, and pray that through our words and our lives others might be drawn into your family, and accept you as their Saviour and Lord. Amen
Lord God, in a universe that seems so immense it is easy to feel insignificant as we stand here today. Yet we know that we are precious in your sight – unique individuals loved and blessed in so many ways. We stand in awe of the one who has created all things and dedicate this time and all our days to your service. Accept this offering we pray, our sacrifice of praise and worship. Amen
Bless us as we meet together, dear Lord we pray. Bless the singing of your praise, the reading of your Word, the sharing of our fellowship, the prayers that will be heard. Bless us as we meet together, dear Lord we pray.
In our meeting together let us remember that we worship the God who created this world, the God who spoke through his prophets from generation to generation, led his people from captivity to liberty, healed the sick, fed the hungry and was faithful even when faced with rejection. The same God who wants all people to be drawn to his love and grace, to know his forgiveness and the joy of his Salvation. Let us put aside all that hinders and join together in worship and praise. Amen.
In the meeting of our lives, be the focus of all that we are. In the singing of the hymns, the prayers that we shall make, the reading of your Word and the preaching of the same. Speak to us, encourage and forgive us. In the meeting of our lives, Lord,
be the focus of all that we are. Amen
Glorious Trinity make your presence known in this place, through our worship, our prayer, the reading of your Word,
and in the fellowship we shall enjoy. Amen
Through our hymns and songs, our prayer and meditation, the joining of our lives in fellowship we worship you, Father Son and Holy Spirit. Enfold us in your love, and empower our worship that your name might be glorified in this place and in our lives.
We are gathered here today, Lord God as your people to offer you our sacrifice of prayer and worship.
We come from different walks of life; some are well educated, others not; some have walked with you for many years, others are just starting their journey; some are strong, others weak; some are full of joy, others burdened by care.
You love each of us in equal measure. You pour your blessings on us in equal measure.
We join together to worship the God of Abram, the God of Jacob and the God of David. We worship the One True God; creator of all; Lord of all; our strength and hope; our light and our salvation. We join together as family, joined by the hands of fellowship, brothers and sisters of our heavenly Father. Amen
This is the day that the Lord has made. This is the day when he can be found. God of all, breath of life, Living water, Saviour, friend. Come as the hungry, feed on his Word Come as the thirsty, drink of his Love
Come as the faithful, worship the Lord.
We worship a God of Promise, whose saving Grace brought a people from captivity into a land of promise, whose enduring love still leads us from places of captivity into a promise of peace, forgiveness and eternal life. The promises of God endure forever. The promises of God will be fulfilled. Amen.
We meet together in the presence of a God whose love is freedom, whose touch is healing, whose voice is calm. We meet not in our own strength but in the knowledge that God’s Spirit abides within us, in our worship today and in our daily lives when we depart from this place. The blessing receive is shared, in the hope that others might be drawn to the God we serve. Amen
May the Peace which passes all understanding, which has its source within the very nature of Father, Son and Spirit be with us as we meet, to still our souls and join our hearts as one. May the gentle whisper of the God of peace speak to us through our worship, the reading and understanding of scripture, and be the message of our lives as we leave this place. Amen
Thank you, Lord, for your presence with us this day. As we depart from this space now, we ask you to bless us throughout the remainder of the day and guide us safely home.
Do not let the learning and conversations of this gathering die, but, instead, may they continue to ruminate within us and bear fruit in our ministries throughout the year, until we find ourselves together again.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Here is a look at a great closing prayer you can recite to bring peace and a blessing.
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PRAYER – Tips for New and Growing Christians • ChristianAnswers.Net
It has been well said that God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says, “Yes.” sometimes He says, “NO.” Sometimes He says, “Wait for a minute,” and a day to the Lord is a thousand years to us (2 Peter 3:8). That means that a ten year wait for us, is 14 minutes and 24 seconds to God, so ask in faith, but rest in peace-filled patience.
Surveys show that more than 90% of America prays daily. No doubt they pray for health, wealth, happiness, etc. They also pray when grandma gets sick, and when grandma doesn't get better (or dies), many end up disillusioned, and some end up bitter.
This is because they don't understand what the Bible says about prayer. It teaches that sin will stop God even hearing our prayers (Psalm 66:18). It teaches, among other things, that if we pray with doubt, we will not get an answer (James 1:6-7).
Here's how to be heard:
How do you “pray with faith?” Someone once said to me, “Ray, you're a man of great faith in God,” thinking that they were paying me a compliment. They weren't. If I said to you, “I'm a man of great faith in my doctor? It's to the doctor.
If I have great faith in him, it means that I see him as being a man of integrity, a man of great ability—that he is trustworthy. I give “glory” to the man through my faith in him.
The Bible says that Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able to also perform” (Romans 4:20-21). Abraham was a man of great faith in God. Remember, that is not a compliment to Abraham.He merely caught a glimpse of God's incredible ability, His impeccable integrity, and His wonderful faithfulness to keep every promise He makes. His faith gave “glory” to a faithful God.
As far as God is concerned, if you belong to Jesus, you are a VIP. You can boldly come before the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16). You have access to the king, because you are the son or daughter of the king. When you were a child, did you have to grovel to get your needs met by your mom or dad? I hope not.
So, when you pray, don't say, “Oh God, I hope you will supply my needs.” Instead say something , “Father, thank you that you keep every promise You make.
Your Word says that you will supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory, by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Therefore, I thank you that you will do this thing for my family.
I ask this in the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen”
It was the great missionary, Hudson Taylor, who said, “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see Divine power wrought in the place of weakness, failure, and disappointment, let us answer God's standing challenge, ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things of which thou knowest not of’.”
How do you get “clean hands a pure heart?” Simply by confessing your sins to God, through Jesus Christ. His blood cleanses from all sin (1 John 1:7-9). When you confess them to God through Jesus, God will not only forgive your every sin, He promises to forget that sin (Hebrew 8:12).
He will even justify you, on the grounds of the sacrifice of the Savior. That means He will count it as though you have never sinned in the first place. He will make you pure in His sight—sinless.
he will even “purge” your conscience, so that you will no longer have that sense of guilt that you sinned in the first place. That's what I means “to be justified by faith.
” That's why you need to soak yourself in Holy Scripture—to read the letters to the churches and see the wonderful things that God has done for us through the Cross of Calvary. If you don't bother to read the will, you won't have any idea of what has been left for you.How do you pray “genuine heart-felt prayers?” Simply by keeping yourself in the love of God. If the love of God is in you, you will never pray hypocritical or selfish prayers. In fact, you won't have to pray selfish prayers, if you have a heart of love. When your prayer-life is pleasing to God, the Bible says that He will reward you openly (Matthew 6:6).
How do you know that you are praying to “the God revealed in Holy Scripture?” Study the Word. Don't accept the image of God portrayed by the world, even though it appeals to the natural mind.
A loving, kind fatherly-figure, with no sense of justice or truth appeals to guilty sinners. Look to the thunderings and lightnings of Mount Sinai.
Gaze at Jesus on the cross of Calvary—hanging in unspeakable agony because of the Justice of a holy God. Such thoughts tend to banish idolatry.
Warfare—Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
- Feeding on the Word—Daily Nutrition
“A healthy baby has a healthy appetite.
If you have truly been “born” of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite…” [Read more]
- Faith—Elevators Can Let You Down
“…in a world where we are continually let down, we can totally rely on, trust in, count on His promises… He will never, ever, let you down…” [Read more]
- Evangelism—Our Most Sobering Task
“You probably have a limited amount of time after your conversion to impact your unsaved friends and family with the Gospel… Here's some advice that will save you a great deal of grief…” [Read more]
- Prayer—“Wait For A Minute.”
- Warfare—Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
“When you became a Christian, you stepped right into the heat of an age-old battle.
You have a three-fold enemy—the world, the flesh, and the devil… Let's look at these three resistant enemies…” [Read more]
- Fellowship—Flutter by Butterfly
“Pray about where you should fellowship… Don't become a ‘spiritual butterfly.
’ Send your roots down…” [Read more]
- Thanksgiving—Do the Right Thing
“For the Christian, every day should be Thanksgiving Day.
We should even be thankful in the midst of problems…” [Read more]
- Water Baptism
- Supporting God’s work and workers—The Last Frontier
“It was once said that the wallet is the “last frontier.
” It is the final area to be conquered—the last thing that comes to God in surrender…” [Read more]
- Troubleshooting: Cults, Atheists, Skeptics
“When cults tell you that you must acknowledge God's name to be saved, that you must worship on a certain day that you must be baptized by an elder of their church, don't panic. Merely go back to the Instruction Manual…” [Read more]
Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications. From the booklet Save Yourself Some Pain. Edited by Films for Christ. Web page Copyright © 2001, Living Waters Publications, All Rights Reserved—except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page.
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What is the Meaning of Fellowship in the Bible?
When I was a young believer, I thought that Christian fellowship simply referred to a group of Christians coming together to share some common interests, possibly eating together and enjoying one another’s company.
Later, I had an additional thought that fellowship referred to conversations among believers in seeking to know God’s will and understand spiritual matters.
But whether an activity can be considered genuine “fellowship” according to the Bible depends on something deeper. That is, is the spiritual nature of the divine fellowship as revealed in God’s Word actually there?
In this post we’ll consider what is the genuine Christian fellowship revealed in the Bible. Then we’ll focus on how we can experience such a fellowship in our daily Christian life and church life.
What is the meaning of fellowship in the Bible?
First John 1:2-3 says,
(And the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and report to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us); That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
1. Real fellowship is of God’s eternal life.
The genuine fellowship revealed in the Bible is the fellowship of God’s life:
First, real fellowship is the flow of eternal life in all of the believers in Christ—1 John 1:2-3.
Second, fellowship is the imparting of the Triune God as life—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—into us, the believers in Christ, to be our portion for our enjoyment—2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Cor. 1:9.
Third, to be in the divine fellowship, we need to put aside our private interests and join with the apostles and the Triune God for the carrying God’s purpose–Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:3.
Fourth, real fellowship is carried out by the Spirit in our spirit and is called the fellowship of spirit—Phil. 2:1.
Fifth, real fellowship is realized by the sense of the divine life in our spirit and is preserved by this sense—Romans 8:6.
2. Real fellowship is the flow of the divine life within us as illustrated by the circulation of blood in our body.
Consider. Your physical life is in your blood and your blood is not stagnant. It’s continuously flowing and circulating. Every minute or so, your blood circulates throughout your entire body. It’s this normal circulation that keeps you physically healthy.
Similarly, the fellowship of life is the flow of God’s life within us. The Lord Jesus promised that whoever would believe into Him would have the flowing of His life, that is, His Spirit flowing within them. The Lord Jesus said,
“He who believed into Me, as the Scripture said, his innermost being would flow rivers of living water. But this He said concerning the Spirit…” (John 7:38-39a)
3. Real fellowship issues from our receiving Christ as the eternal life.
The Gospel of John reveals Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the eternal, divine life. Jesus said,
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live.” (John 11:25).
From the moment we believe into Him, we receive this divine life into us. In 1 John 5:11-12 it says,
“God gave us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life…”
You can receive Him right now!
If you haven’t yet received the Lord Jesus as the eternal life, please take a moment to pray,
“Lord Jesus! Lord, I believe into You as the eternal life given by God. Lord, I thank you for dying for my sins and becoming a life-giving Spirit in resurrection to impart Your eternal life into me. Lord, I receive You as my Savior and life. Forgive me of all my sins and fill me with Yourself as life.”Anyone who receives the Lord Jesus, believing into His name is born of God with His divine life and has the authority to become a child of God (John 1:12-13).
The entering of God’s flowing life into us brings us into the fellowship of this life.
4. Real fellowship is both vertical and horizontal.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, 1 John 1: 3 says,
“…that you may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
“The fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” is vertical. While “fellowship with us” is horizontal—with the apostles who proclaimed the eternal life to them and with the other believers who also have received this same life.
We can illustrate this vertical and horizontal fellowship by the flow of electricity within the electrical lamps in our home. On the one hand, the lamps have “fellowship” with the power plant “vertically.” On the other hand, they have “fellowship” with all the other lamps “horizontally.” Though they are all separate lamps, the flow of electricity makes them all one.
How can we experience this genuine divine fellowship?
1. Spend a personal time with the Lord each morning to strengthen your “vertical” fellowship with the Lord; here are ten short morning prayers to help you enter into such a fellowship with the Lord (Matt. 6:6).
2. Spend regular times each week with other believers to practice “horizontal” fellowship, the “fellowship of spirit”—your spirit touching their spirit (Eph. 5:18-19).
3. Care for the inner flowing of life in your spirit by going along with the sense of life and peace in all the details of your daily life (Romans 8:6).
4. Confess and deal with any sins or offenses so that neither your “vertical” fellowship with the Lord, nor your “horizontal” fellowship with your fellow believers is interrupted (1 John 1:7-9).
Have you been helped to know this genuine fellowship of the divine life? Share your appreciation in a comment or join in the conversation on the Holding to Truth page.
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6 Prayers for Pastors or Leaders
Leaders of churches and other organizations work very hard. I should know, I have been married to a preacher for many years. In addition to the regular activities such as leading church services and prayer meetings, many times the leaders in the church are called upon to do other things.
These things might include visiting folks that are in the hospital, attending community events, providing counsel to people and even ministering to families that have lost a loved one. True, the leaders and pastors have been called to do these things but faithful prayers of the church are a blessing to these men of God.
Here are 7 prayers for pastors or leaders that you might want to add to your prayer list.
Prayer for Faithfulness
Dear Lord, your word says many things about faithfulness, I pray now for our pastor that he will continue to be faithful to You and to Your church. Help him to always seek Your direction in his life and the life of Your church.
I pray that he is faithful in all that he does, faithful to his commitments, faithful to his wife and family, faithful to his staff, but most of all I pray that he is always faithful to You in what you would have for him to do to accomplish Your plan for his life. Lord help him to be faithful to proclaim your name in all the earth.I praise you for this time that I have to offer up my prayer for faithfulness Lord and ask that you grant it in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Prayer for Quiet Time to Study the Word
Dear Lord, I am praying for my pastor (leader). I ask that You give him the time that he needs to be in Your word.
I pray that You help us to remember why deacons were first elected in the church; so that the preachers might have time to be ministers of Your word.
Help us to remember that we can do the things that need to be done that do not require the assistance of the preacher. Help us to give of our time and talent and to encourage others to do the same. I pray through Jesus, Amen.
Acts 6:1-4 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Prayer for Rest & Good Health
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for your blessing upon our pastor (leader) that he might receive the rest that he needs from his long hours of work.
Help me to remember that I can help my pastor (leader) by offering to volunteer my time and talents to do the things that God has gifted me to do so my pastor (leader) does not have to take on that task.
Help me to remember to let him know how much I appreciate the time and energy that he puts into each and every thing that he does. I pray that he is able to eat right and get proper exercise so that he can remain healthy for Your work. I raise up this prayer in the name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Psalms 145:14-15 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Prayer for Provision
Dear God in Heaven, we love you and know that your promises in the Bible are true. Please hold our pastor in the palm of your hands as he continually walks by faith, knowing that you will provide for his every need as well as the needs of his family.
Please help him to remember what Jesus said about your generosity and loving kindness. Help him to know that you know every hair on his head and that he is much more than any sparrow.
I praise you for all that you have already done for my pastor and pray that you will continue to bless him with everything that he needs. I pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Prayer for Wisdom & Direction
Dear God, I want to lift my pastor (leader) up to you in prayer. He needs Your wisdom and direction for Your church. Please keep him humble and always relying upon You to give him the perfect wisdom and direction that he needs.
Help him to consider information offered by others and also to come to You in prayer as he evaluates things. Remind him of Your servant Solomon who when he was to become king prayed only for Your wisdom and because of his humility You granted even more than wisdom.
I pray this in Jesus name, Amen1 Kings 3:11-13 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings unto thee all thy days.
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
Prayer for Fellowship & Good Godly Friends
Dear Father in Heaven, I pray that You will provide good and godly friends for my pastor. Friendships that will allow him to just be himself and will allow him to be held accountable as a brother in Christ.
God he needs time away from the ministry to enjoy the fruit of his labor, I pray that You will provide good friends that will be his for a lifetime so that he may dwell together with them in unity.
I pray that he is able to talk about the things of the Lord and that they may be able to encourage each other on how to remain faithful, committed and loving men of God. I pray these things by the power of Jesus name, Amen.
Psalms 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
How Do You Pray for your Pastor or Church Leaders?
Do you have special prayers that you offer for your leaders? Or perhaps you have something special that you do to bless your pastor or other leaders. We would love for you to share in the comments below.
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The Real Significance of Prayer: Contacting God in Our Spirit to Absorb God!
What is the real significance of prayer? Is prayer the utterance of our need for help from God?
Is prayer merely us praying to the Lord by opening our heart and telling Him everything? Is prayer a conversation with God? Is prayer a monologue in which you talk and you hope that God is listening?
According to what the Bible says, we see that the real significance of prayer is to contact God (who is Spirit) in our spirit and to absorb God Himself (see Jude 20; John 14:13; 15:7).
The best way that we as believers and together as the church can cooperate with God is through prayer, that is through opening to God to touch Him in our spirit and absorb Him, inhale Him, be saturated with Him, and be mingled with Him.
Through prayer we exercise our spirit to contact God and we don’t primarily “ask God for things” but rather contact Him, absorb Him, and inhale Him.
As we touch God in this way, as we absorb Him, there’s a sense in our being deep within concerning what we should pray.The utterance of the inward sense of our spirit in prayer is a genuine prayer before God, because we abide in Him and ask for whatever we will (in the organic union with Him) – and He will do it (John 15:7).
Lord, show us what the real significance of prayer is. Lord, unveil us to see what it means to pray. Save us from praying in a shallow way, in a natural way, or in our own way. Lord, we want to touch You as the Spirit in our spirit. We want to inhale You and absorb You through our prayer. May we pray genuine prayers that are heard before You and answered by You!
What is a Genuine Prayer?
Genuine prayers are not merely prayers coming from a genuine need or from a genuine man. A genuine prayer is not merely the uttering of a need or a cry for help. Rather, genuine prayers are prayers in which man is mingled with God in spirit (Jude 20, John 4:24).
Genuine prayers are initiated by God and they are communicated or made know to us as we open to Him and turn to Him to touch Him and absorb Him.
In this touch with God, we pray in God and God prays in us. This kind of prayer is a joint prayer, in which we pray yet God prays in us, and God prays yet He prays in us and with us.
Genuine prayer is not initiated or directed by our mind, our emotion, our need, our situation, or our circumstance; real prayer is initiated by God and it is directed by the inner sense of our spirit.
As we fellowship with God (fellowship: a function of the human spirit) and enjoy Him, He shines on us and we confess our sins, shortcomings, defects, iniquities, and transgressions – anything that hinders us from seeing Him and touching Him, and anything that is on our conscience (conscience: part of our spirit).
When the sky between us and the Lord is clear, we see Him face to face and we contact Him, absorb Him, and inhale Him.
He then gives us a sense, a feeling, some words, some things to pray for – and with our spiritual intuition we understand and then utter what God communicates to us. We then pray by accompanying God, by joining Him in His prayer.
Wow, what a deep and intrinsic significance of what a genuine prayer is!
Prayer: God Being Mingled with Man
A true prayer involves God and man – the Spirit of God is mingled with man’s spirit and the spirit of man being mingled with God’s Spirit.
The primary matter is not accomplishing something through prayer or obtaining some results and answers – it is following the sense in our spirit to pray what God communicates to us, and being mingled with God.
When we stop our being, spend time with God, and enjoy Him, we will be infused with His desire, His intentions, His thoughts, and His prayer.If we follow the inner sense and we pray what we feel in our spirit in this organic union with God, the Spirit of God will follow our prayer and we will receive more feelings to pray for more. The more we pray in this way the more we have to pray for.
Sometimes it is simply an, Oh! or a sigh of, Oh Lord! that utters so much before the Lord because we are mingled with Him and we are inhaling Him and breathing Him out!
If we pray and something feels wrong, if we are not supplied and filled by God as we pray, we need to change the direction of our prayer. Switch on to the mingling!
The top exercise in our Christian life is prayer, which results in the mingling of God and man. As you are about to pray, just be honest with the Lord,
Lord, let’s pray together. I want to be mingled with You more. I open to You, Lord, to breathe You in, inhale You, and be saturated with You. Mingle Yourself more with me. Lord, You pray in me and I will pray in You. I join myself to You to be one with You and pray in the mingling of God and man!
God Needs Men Who Pray!
The highest cooperation we can give God is not by studying hard, achieving something in the world, and bringing God all the glory, and neither is it by “becoming the president” and changing the direction of a nation from “going down” to “going toward God”.
What God desires is men who pray. He desires to have some Daniel who are before Him, read His word and pray His word into fulfillment by praying toward God’s house, God’s city, and God’s temple.
When man prays, God can move and God can act. God is limited by our lack of prayer. He wants to do so much in our environment, our church, our city, our nation, and on the whole earth. But who would pray?There is nothing greater and more important for the church of God than the ministry of prayer. What we cannot carry out or cause to come into being, prayer can – as long as it is uttered in union with God, in the mingling of God and man, and in accordance to His will.
Christ as the unique and universal intercessor needs many who join Him in prayer, many who come to Him to be mingled with Him, inhale Him, be saturated with Him, and utter the prayers He as the Spirit puts in the depths of our being.
Oh, may we be these ones! May we join ourselves to God today in a proper way through much and thorough prayer so that we may release His will!
Lord, make us those who pray – those who lay the tracks for You to move! May we have set times of prayer in which we just open to You to be mingled with You, inhale You, and join You in Your prayer ministry. Lord, may Your will be done. Lord, may Your kingdom come. Do it on earth as it is being done in the heavens. Release many saints who set themselves aside to pray genuine prayers to move Your hand!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from brother Minor Chen’s sharing in the message, and portions in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 1 (entitled, The Significance of Prayer, the Principle of Prayer, and the Prayer Ministry of the Church).
- Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
- Further reading:
#Life Lessons (vol. 1, lesson 4)
# How to Enjoy God and How to Practice the Enjoyment of God (ch. 20)
- Hymns on this topic:
# Pray to fellowship with Jesus, / In the spirit seek His face; / Ask and listen in His presence, / Waiting in the secret place.
# God needs men who pray; / Those who lay the tracks for Him; / God’s economy is carried out through men of prayer.
# Take time to inhale Him—His Word we may breathe; / By breathing it, God’s very life we receive— / He breathes Himself out so that we may breathe in / The life, the reality, fullness of Him.
- Pictures credit: via, Grace upon Grace, and, Hidden Roots in Christ.